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Rapid Ascent on Aconcagua – 1 Week after Vinson

7 days before they stood atop Aconcagua, this exact #RapidAscent climbing team was standing on the tallest peak on the Antarctic continent – 16,077’ Mt. Vinson. The very next week, December 19 to be exact, they were again standing on a summit – this one further north and also it’s own highest point on an entirely different continent. Aconcagua in the beautiful South American country of Argentina stands at 22,841’ and was going to be a challenge with high winds taking up residence.

Reaching the summit of Vinson was no small task, but looking down the line they

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Vinson & Aconcagua Rapid Ascent

Vinson and Aconcagua Rapid Ascent

Their journey began in early December when the team of 4 climbers and lead guide Adrian Ballinger set out from the United States, traveling to Antarctica. The first objective was the highest point on the continent – 16,077’ Mt. Vinson.…

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Blowing in the Wind

The Alpenglow team is enjoying some down time at Papallacta, a hot springs retreat high in the Ecuadorian Andes.  It’s in a cloud forest at 11,500 feet of elevation, with lush green foliage, colorful flowers, and a damp cold mist that constantly rolls through the valley.  We spent the evening soaking in the natural hot pool 5 steps from our rustic bungalow rooms, embracing the blend of hot steam and freezing fog.  It’s yet another mind-blowingly gorgeous place we’ve visited on this trip, each one even more special than the previous.…

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Alpenglow’s Amazing Rapid Ascent Success

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Alpenglow Expedition’s first use of pre-acclimatization for an open-enrollment group outside of the Himalaya proved incredibly successful this January as 12 of 13 members stood atop the summit just ten days after leaving their homes and six days after being on the mountain (one climber unfortunately had to leave during the trek in). 

This is half the time usually taken on Aconcagua. We firmly believe that our team’s dedication to using Hypoxico Altitude Training systems for just four weeks before their departure to Argentina, along…

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Aconcagua Custom Expedition 2015

On Thursday, January, 22, Adrian and Gay flew into Mendoza, Argentina, after leaving their successful expedition in Antarctica where they reached the summit of Vinson Massif. They met Gay’s daughter Camilla in Mendoza along with Alpenglow assistant guide Reuben Shelton. Here’s Adrian’s snapshot of the crew on Friday, January 23, getting weighed before their heli to Base Camp, and Adrian commented that he bet that they wouldn’t weigh 285 kg when they returned!

 

Gay and Camilla both decided to attempt to climb all of the Seven Summits of the world and do as many of them as they…

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Aconcagua Group Expedition 2015

January 23, 2015 – Our group expedition on Aconcagua has begun! Everyone was thrilled to fly into Mendoza and enjoyed the food and famed wine. The crew set out on their trek to Base Camp and arrived in BC on Wednesday, January 21. They stayed there for a rest day on Thursday and continued on to Camp 1 today. Chad and Jaime are guiding and have reported that the climbers are feeling well and are in good spirits – and they’re really looking forward to the awesome adventure that lies ahead! 

You can find daily Aconcagua Expedition 2015 updates on…

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Trip Update Overload on Social Media!

Ok, not really. How can you ever have too many awesome pictures and team info? But we do have a lot of trips this month and we are launching a new way of keeping you posted on our teams across the globe.

Alpenglow will be posting daily trip updates on Twitter; we will show highlights of our trips on Facebook; and we will save our longer blog posts for summaries packed with info and photos that will go up every few days or so.

This is the perfect month to see if you like our new…

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Aconcagua: Stellar Climbing, Incredible Food, and Decadent Wine

In January, a team of Alpenglow climbers will travel to Argentina to climb Aconcagua, which is one of the Seven Summits and the tallest mountain in the western hemisphere. Climbing Aconcagua is a spectacular goal and while Aconcagua is not a technical mountain, our climbers have trained for months to accomplish the terrain and altitude they will experience. One of the luxuries of Aconcagua is its proximity to Mendoza. A stunningly beautiful city, flowing with wine and packed with decadent food. The city is an Alpenglow favorite, as we explore and indulge in Mendoza both pre and post climb. Mendoza…

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How Alpenglow Rapid Ascent Expeditions Work

Climbing Aconcagua, the Western Hemisphere’s tallest peak in 14 days instead of 23

Since 2012, Alpenglow has been dedicated to Rapid Ascent expeditions, shortening the time it takes to climb big mountains by 30-50%. This is now the only style we climb 8000-meter peaks in, and it is quickly becoming the most popular and successful way for our teams to climb big peaks around the world.

Over the past few weeks, our January 2015 Rapid-Ascent expedition to Aconcagua in Argentina has quickly filled. Aconcagua, one of the Seven Summits, is the tallest peak in South America and is the tallest…

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How Does Altitude Affect Us in the Big Mountains?

 

This past spring, I went backcountry skiing in the Eastern Sierra. After camping at 7,000 feet in Travertine Hot Springs, we began our hike at 10,000 feet in Virginia lakes with the goal of summiting and skiing Black Mountain (11,797 feet / 3,596 meters). As a Tahoe resident, I live and work daily at 6,200 feet above sea level so the thought of altitude did not cross my mind when I began hiking up Black Mountain that day…and kept hiking…and stopped to catch my breath…and got bit woozy and had to sit down. Things got slower. The beautiful view…

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